Health IT, Startups

Denver to open massive digital health center

A developer and a healthcare entrepreneur have acquired land in Denver for a 300,000-square-foot digital health center that will open in 2017.

A developer and a healthcare entrepreneur are planning a 300,000-square-foot digital health center in Denver, in hopes of making Colorado America’s “digital health capital,” according to the Denver Post.

The partnership, called Catalyst Health-Tech Innovation, announced Tuesday that it had acquired a full city block of land in Denver’s River North, or RiNo, area. “Catalyst HTI will bring together private enterprise (startups to Fortune 20), government, academic and non­profit organizations with healthcare providers and payers to accelerate innovation and drive real, lasting change for the healthcare industry and our nation,” entrepreneur Mike Biselli said.

Biselli co-founded health IT company MedPassage — which he sold last year — is on the board of PrimeHealth, a collaborative of more than 1,000 healthcare interests in Colorado. He is teaming with local real-estate developer Koelbel and Co. to build the center.

According to the Post, Biselli has named four tenants already: Corvectra, a Silicon Valley startup that is working on a needle-free blood sensor; cybersecurity incubator Entrepy; telemedicine startup Telespine, of nearby Boulder, Colo.; and electronics-maker Premier Manufacturing, which reportedly will create a 3-D lab at Catalyst.

Biselli told the Post that he has commitments from about 30 tenants, and will publicly name two every week going forward.

The first phase of construction, of a 180,000-square-foot facility, including 10,000 square feet of retail space, will start in about a year, according to Catalyst HTI. It will open by the end of 2017, the partners said.

Eventually, the complex will grow to 300,000 square feet, and include an events center, a fitness facility, a rooftop deck and a café. The developers said they are designing the space to encourage personal wellness as well as collaboration among tenants.

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